Sunday, December 15, 2019

It's Complicated

It's Complicated Mug
DirtKicker Pottery

2019 has been kind of a crazy and awesome year for sure.   

This year I've made a lot of hand-built pots and experimented with new decorating techniques.  I love to paint with watercolor and now I'm bringing that to my pottery.
Watercolor Daisy Mug
DirtKicker Pottery

There have been compatibility issues with slip, stains and underglaze on my mid-fire porcelain.   Little by little I worked out the problems and learned a bit more about glaze chemistry. 

Watch my Etsy Shop for new inspirational and romantic theme pottery.

Watercolor Coneflower Mug
DirtKicker Pottery

Love to all,

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Making Glaze Transfers with Newsprint, Underglaze and Slip

Mono-printing on clay or colored slip transfer, however you refer to it, I've been spending a lot of time experimenting.   I made a Youtube video.  Just a warning.. I say "um" a lot.   Hope you enjoy.
mono-printing on clay

One of the things I love about pottery is that there is always something to learn.   New techniques are inspiring and can bring freshness to the making  process. My latest inspiration has been mono printing on clay.  I adore the big reveal. Peeling back the news print revealing the reversed design image.  It’s pretty cool.  I had a lot of fun figuring it all out.

I pulled the finished pieces from the kiln this morning.  The underglaze colors changed quite a bit.  The bright colors were darker and the pinks faded and tinged toward brown.  They weren’t terrible, but it's well known that most underglaze and mason stains do best at low fire temps.  This technique is most often used with low-fire brown or red clay.   Regardless, I'm rock'n it with my mid-fire porcelain blend.

I hope all of you bloggers and blog readers are happy and well.  Love to all.